In our church, inserted in the worship program is a time when Pastor Ding calls all the children to the front to be prayed for–every Sunday. This is one thing I would never take out of the worship program because I think it’s a powerful thing to pray for our children in our churches. Even if they’re usually looked over by adults, I know that God is working in them and speaking to them even at such a young age. I believe that wholeheartedly with Emma. So ever since she was born, each Sunday, Perze or I would bring her to the front and carry her when she was a baby. Then when she learned how to walk, Perze or I would accompany her to the front and stay with her. But after three years, last Sunday (see picture), Emma ran all the way to the front all by herself, with a big girl swagger. Without fear or intimidation. I was so proud of her. And not only that, but I noticed while she was up there, with her finger on her lips, she was motioning to the older kids to stop talking. hahahah.
it feels like the smart charlie gordon looking at himself before the experiment.
sweet lemonade ice to the top please
Emma drew this without us knowing. She then surprised us and told us that Perze was the big circle, me as the one with long legs (score!), and she was the smallest. I asked her where the baby was and she pointed to the very small drawing inside me (click on the picture to enlarge). She said, "Baby Z is in your tummy!" Can you see it? Baby Z is definitely there! True enough, the baby is still inside. This is her first family portrait that she’s taken the initiative to draw. Perze and I had a huge kick out of it. She’s so good now with drawing. At least she drew all of us with smiles. It lets me know she sees our family as happy.
So, we’re 12 weeks. That’s what I look like at 12 weeks…hahahahaha. Please don’t point fingers. To eat or not to eat: I haven’t really gained weight. To be honest, I hardly eat because my appetite is non-existent. I sometimes have to force myself to eat something, and when I do, I eat like mouse. The most difficult thing for me these days is thinking and finding what to eat, because upon thinking of eating some type of meat, I feel disgusted. I want salads, but prefer dressings that have egg in it. But I can’t eat those. I want turkey subs, but can’t have deli meat. That’s why I’m not gaining weight. The baby bump: But as you can see, still have that baby bump :). I’m pretty proud of it; I’ve always loved having a baby bump, knowing that my beloved is in there. Pretty lame? Nah- it’s a mother thing. My mom use to tell me that back in the day, women didn’t like publicly showing their baby bump even through their clothes; but here, these days, why be ashamed to let people know you’re having a baby- because, you are! Why do women try to hide […]
Congratulations to the newly married couple- Mae & Roderick Alberto We were glad to share in their wedding, seeing them so genuinely happy and taking those sacred vows to be husband and wife. They’re both good friends of mine, and seeing their tears and smiles were really their gift to everyone. You could see how throughout their wedding day, their eyes were fixed on each other (something I always notice during weddings). The groom was so emotionally involved and the bride was, honestly, so beautiful. Their theme was a crimson red, perfect for fall, with orange roses (a personal touch that relates to their love story). The ceremony took place in St. Mary’s Church in Dumont, and the reception in the Wilshire Grand Hotel in West Orange. It was also such a great time seeing our friends in North Jersey, something I look forward to every now and then, realizing how everyone’s lives are really blossoming in their own way. Mae, Eric, thanks for letting us share that day with you. We wish you the best in your marriage and that God will bless you all the more. Complete Album can be viewed in our Photo Gallery.
Ok. Initial plan was for Em to be Sarah Palin, Perze as Joe the Plumber, and me as a bulldog w/ lipstick. Everything went down the drain as Em adamantly voiced her 2 cents. Yes, at three years old, there was nothing else she was going out there to collect candy except as a princess. Luckily, my mom saved my lil sister’s old ballet recital dress from when she was four years old. With a few tucks here and there, it fit her enough for her to walk from house to house (with the help of the RadioFlyer), with her Mom, Dad, and Uncle, to collect candy. This was her first year that she understood what was going on, being more conscious of other kids dressing up in costumes, and collecting candy. She has been looking forward for weeks for this event. How’d she do? She collected a basket and a half. Pretty good for a three year old huh? Check out that pumpkin basket she’s carrying; that used to be one of the baskets that we used when we were children. the full album is up on our Photo Gallery.